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10 Completely Archaic Laws Still on the Books


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No Dealing (Cars) on Sunday
"Just sign where it says 'soul.'" Is there something diabolical about buying cars on Sundays (apart from the shady salesmen)? Jupiterimages/Pixland/Thinkstock
"Just sign where it says 'soul.'" Is there something diabolical about buying cars on Sundays (apart from the shady salesmen)? Jupiterimages/Pixland/Thinkstock

Maine residents dig their lobsters, black bears and brisk winter mornings. They are not too keen on shysters who sell cars on Sunday.

Under Title 17, Section 3203 of the state code, the sale of cars and other motor vehicles on Sunday is strictly prohibited. Violation of the law is a crime, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, along with auto dealer license revocation. The law is not, however, simply limited to the fellas down at McGillicuddy's Mazda & Subaru Barn. It applies to any person who engages in the purchase, sale, exchange or trade of a new or used car on the day of rest [source: Maine Revised Statutes]. Surprisingly, many auto dealers are in favor of this ban, as it gives them a break from the relentless competition among each other [source: Newman].

Being the avid outdoorsmen that they are, lawmakers in the Pine Tree State make an exception for motor home sales, which are perfectly legal seven days a week [source: Maine Revised Statutes].


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